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Ostrava Days 2017

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Ostrava Days Various Venues Ostrava Czech Republic August 24-30, 2017 A newer breed of industrially-attuned tourism is evident in the city of Ostrava, in the north-east of the Czech Republic, and very close to Poland's border. One of its biggest attractions is the relatively recently retired coal mining and blast furnace complex, which unusually combined the entire digging, coking and ore-ing activities, all in the same area. Since closing down, ...

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Jon Hendricks: Vocal Ease

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This article was first published at All About Jazz on April 18, 2008. Scat and vocalese master Jon Hendricks and his wife Judith have maintained a residence at Gateway Plaza in Battery Park City for a quarter century. Their high-rise apartment overlooks the Hudson River going north. From the living room window you see the Battery Park City promenade directly below and the New Jersey shoreline across the river. The view is so expansive that the petite size ...

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Jazz, Suffering, and Meaning

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"Primary progressive aphasia" was a disease I had not heard until March of 2014. Now it is darkly stained into my life, since it is the form of dementia that afflicts my wife, Rebecca Merrill Groothuis. As Rebecca and I walk down this road, we are not alone. We have our church, our friends, and our God to walk with us and help carry our load. One of God's gifts to me is jazz, which helps me stumble on without ...

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Matt Kane: Acknowledgement

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A hard-charging affair interlaced with charm, Matt Kane's Acknowledgement, surely stands as an homage to some of the jazz giants associated with jny: Kansas City. Three of the compositions were penned by Bobby Watson, who presently calls Kansas City home [and is Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri--Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music], three by Lee Summit, MO's gifted guitar wunderkind Pat Metheny, and three more by the late (and woefully neglected) Ahmad Alaadeen, a long-time performer ...

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Simon Millerd: Lessons And Fairytales

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Canadian trumpeter Simon Millerd is one of those musicians who effortlessly moves between genres. This new CD of his is a collection of work that mixes folk, jazz-rock, electronic minimalism and jazz in original and personal ways. The opening track, “Looking Back" echoes the glitchy electronics of modern Norwegian music with Millerd's trumpet and Emma Frank's gliding, wordless vocal rising out of a solemn bed of whispery synthesizer and drums. The scene then abruptly shifts on “Lesson 39" ...

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Andreas Herrmann: The Child in Me

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German pianist and composer Andreas Herrmann, who in the past has been nominated for a number of awards, including the German Jazz Prize for his trio output in 2010, adds a guitar to his usual formation on his newest release The Child in Me', ultimately leading to a wider soundscape and more atmospherically melodious development. According to the composer, present record is supposed to articulate impressions and pictures of childhood, thus take the listener on a sensual journey. ...

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Ikebe Shakedown: The Way Home

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Ever since I heard their debut in 2009, Ikebe Shakedown became one of my favorite bands. There's nothing I love more in music than funky grooves, powerful percussion and bold brass. Ikebe Shakedown does all-instrumental, percussive, brassy Funk as well as anyone else on the scene these days.Their 2017 record, The Way Home on Colemine Records, intrigues, stimulates, and blows the mind while shaking the hips.Over the past nine years, Ikebe Shakedown has cemented a reputation ...

John Turturro: A Soulful Truth Teller

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John Turturro is one of those rare human beings who was born with a defiant grace. He is sure and stern about what moves him. His confidence radiates with a love that springs straight from his core. I think that is why he has high-quality friends and fans from all over the world. His art form as a thespian brings a sacred miracle it seems to me through each of his performances. This great and acclaimed actor has a willingness ...


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